{baked} Jalepeno Cream Cheese Wontons

Did you ever watch Will & Grace?  Remember the episode where Will jokes that he and his dad always said "You could make a meal out of these appetizers?!" so Will then makes a meal of appetizers?

This is how my first child was raised.  Nate and I loved our happy hours, and our patios with cheap beer.  Our daughter was toted along with cheerios and sippy cups and was none the wiser.  She refused plain chicken breast for months - would chew on it like gum.  It wasn't until we offered her Houlihans Thai Chili Wings on a warm that she gobbled it up like candy.  Spice.  My baby was a Foodie, and I didn't even train her.

To no surprise, one of our families favorite apps at a local establishment is their jalepeno cream cheese wontons.  Alone, the tab would be reasonable.  You ring in those, another app because two adults would need more to "make a meal" plus a kids meal and drinks, and now it's pricey.  Not in our price range for every day.  So we improvise.

The makings are insanely easy - it's the folding of two dozen wontons that gets tedious.

The filling is simple:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened (one brick)
  • 2-3 jalepenos finely diced (depending on heat preference)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (more of less to taste, depending on the amount of pepper used)

Put a 1 tsp dollop on each wonton wrapper.  Be careful not to overfill.  The will explode (ala pizza rolls, which is no big deal but a little messier.)

Dampen your finger in a little bit of water and trace the outside of the wrapper.  Fold over making a triangle and press out the air.  There are a lot of fancy ways to wrap a wonton, but for my first time, I went simple and I think it was a winner.

With this fold method, there is an ideal amount of crunchy wonton to creamy filling ratio.  Other methods will yield a prettier wonton, however, the eating may be more difficult and messier.  With two kids - eating is messy enough.

Before baking, brush with a mix of 1 beaten egg and a bit of water.  Be careful to cover wonton completely - when baking this will give you the nice golden brown.  Any bits that you miss will be visible.  It should be noted they are no less delicious, but the presentation will be laking.  Depending on your four-year old audience, this may or may no be a concern.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
Cool slightly and serve warm, with a side of my thai chili dipping sauce.
To. Die. For.


Sara McFall said...

Oh these look so good!

SEL said...

I just mentioned this to my husband and he said, "Wow. That sounds SO good." I guess I'll be making these! Thanks for sharing!

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Southern Sass said...

These look so good and don't sound too difficult to make. I will have to try them. I love Will and Grace so of course that lured me in. haha

frikken DUCKIE said...

Umm, HELLO! I love you.

A Will&Grace reference & a Jalapeno Cream Cheese Wonton recipe!?

Will you marry me?

Okay, so maybe that's a little extreme - but will you be my BFF???!!!

♥ Duckie.

Debi @ Adorned From Above said...

These are so cute and look amazing. I am going to send this to my son, who makes a Jalepeno Cream Cheese Dip.
Have a great Thanksgiving.

Susan Zentmyer said...

These look fantastic! I love jalapeno and think these will be showing up on my table soon. I'd love for you to share this at Tuesday's Table for the Holidays - http://zentmrs.blogspot.com/2012/11/tuesdays-table-holiday-ideas.html

Tonia L said...

Okay...YUM!! I've never tried wonton wrappers but these look easy enough to make!

Kaylee said...

We love making our own appetizers at home too! You're being featured at Mealtime Monday tonight! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!


Theresa said...

I love anything jalapeno and cream cheese! Putting wanton wrappers on my shopping list! Thank you for posting this deliciousness!

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10-rural.html

I hope you can make it!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

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